We are a team of researchers studying animal cognition. In 2015, we began research with two otter species in Leipzig Zoo - giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea). Otters show various characteristics associated with complex cognition, such as long lifespans, complex social systems, communication systems and tool-use. They also vary between (and in some cases within) species in their sociality, foraging behaviour and living environment, thus providing an opportunity to investigate the relationship between this variation and their cognitive skills.
Our first research project on cooperative problem solving in giant otters and Asian small-clawed otters has been published in Animal Cognition. You can find the open-access paper here:
At the moment, we are working on our second publication on technical problem-solving in Asian small-clawed otters. We are also planning to broaden the comparison with more species in more locations. So stay tuned!
On this website, we want to present our work and published results, as well as some very cute photos of our participants.
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